Saturday, April 14, 2007
ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS Cardiff Anarchists have launched a Vote Nobody campaign They say there is a dominant force in Welsh politics, and it has been ignored for too long. In the last election 62% of the Welsh public voted for Nobody, yet the politicians still did not get the message. "This time we'll make it an even more resounding victory by boycotting the elections. Have you ever noticed that nothing changes, whichever party is in power? "Time and again we are asked to trundle down to the polling station and choose between a couple of carbon-copy candidates from the 'lets accommodate big business party'. "They campaign with near-identical policies on issues that bare no relevance to 99% of people, while ignoring the issues that have communities by the throat. Only 1 in 7 people voted for Rhodri Morgan last time, yet still he has the cheek to stay in office. Alex Smith, of the Cardiff Anarchist Network, Nobody’s spokesperson said: “Choosing between politicians in our fake democracy is like choosing between Coke and Pepsi, they're all the same, just with slightly different packaging, sowhy not vote nobody, and start taking control of your own life." "We say Vote Nobody because Nobody cares... . . . about the Health Service 502 acute hospital beds - an entire Welsh hospital’s worth - are clogged up by bed-blocking. Ambulances are queuing outside hospitals unable to offload patients. . . . about Our Children The UK is the 4th-largest economy in the world but has one of the highest levels of child poverty of all industrialised countries. Recent figures show that 27% of children in Wales live in poverty! . . . about Human Life Welsh troops continue to fight and die in wars in the Middle East to protect US oil interests. Does Rhodri Morgan support these wars which have resulted in the deaths of over 600,000 Iraqis? He’s not saying! Nobody seriously opposed the war! . . . about the Environment Global warming is a proven fact. We need to reduce our consumption of oil and gas, not increase it! The development of a liquid natural gas (LNG) terminal in Milford Haven is absurd, and the building of a massive and very dangerous pipeline to ship the pressurised gas across Wales is madness! Locals fearing for their safety have had their questions ignored. . . . about Our Jobs Unemployment across Wales has been increasing for 10 consecutive months, in some places by up to 35%. Over 600 manufacturing jobs have been lost in mid-Wales since 2001. 300 jobs have gone at Burberry in the Rhondda, and more will go at the Corus Steelworks after the takeover by yet another multinational company. . . . about Transport The Roads are clogged with cars and lorries, and our privatised train and bus services are among the worst and in Europe. . . . about the Housing Crisis According to Cymru, 53,000 people are trying to find decent accommodation from their local authorities. So what is the Assembly government doing about it? Encouraging councils to sell off and privatise council housing. The result? Less rights for tenants and fat salaries for housing association bosses.
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